You get out of bed in the morning and you feel like you’ve slept in a box of rocks that’s in the back of a moving truck. You can’t touch your toes and your back hurts. You have to turn your entire body to look in either direction because your neck is so stiff. You think to yourself that it’s time to start stretching, but is that really the problem?
Mobility is the ability to efficiently move through all three planes of motion, sagittal, transverse and frontal. Simply put, can you move side to side, front to back, and rotate without pain and limited range of motion? Many people confuse poor mobility for lack of flexibility but while the two are related, they are not always directly affected by one another.
So how do you know the difference? Typically, mobility issues generate in joints or junctures. Think hips, shoulders, ankles and so on. While flexibility typically (not always) affects the muscles directly. Think hamstrings, calves, and the erector spinae muscles of the lower back.
Once you’ve started improving your stability, you can begin addressing mobility issues with simple bodyweight movements that assist in training your body to move correctly. Mobility work can be a slow process, it’s not something that can be changed overnight. Remember, your body has been moving in a specific pattern for many years so changing that pattern will take time.
There are many benefits to improving your mobility including, but not limited to; improved circulation, better posture, less or complete elimination of chronic pain, better range of motion which allows for higher quality movement in your daily activities. The workout link provided here is an extremely thorough and well laid out program that you begin at home to get started in improving your mobility.
As we talked about before, building a strong core and gaining stability is the first step in beginning a program but closely following that is mobility. You’ll find that the two work synonymously much of the time and that as youre4working in one, the other is recruited. This is a good thing, it means your body is learning to work efficiently!
Here is the link to your mobility training workout and as always, if you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact me. mobility training workout